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Thousand Cranes Beat Their Wings

Sheet Music: Performance Parts

A Thousand Cranes Beat Their Wings : for piano trio / Duncan Gardiner.

by Duncan Gardiner (2015)

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  • Instrumentation: Violin, cello, piano.


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On March 11th, 2011 tragedy struck Japan. An earthquake set off a tsunami which devastated vast areas of Japan killing many people and displacing many more. I heard of the disaster on the news. That night I sat up late and improvised some of my thoughts into music. I recorded the little improvisations on my phone but there they remained, dormant and unfinished for several years. In 2015 I was again improvising and I was struck with an idea of fusing the disparate themes together to form a single work. With the imagery and the emotion of the disaster in mind I set about creating a work that would capture the emotion and grief surrounding the events.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 3 performance parts (29p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 9 min.

Contents note:

I. Crimson against Reed Green -- II. In the Takeoff they are Together -- III. Rushing out of Water, Sky -- IV. A Tessellating Flock. Blue Sky and Water -- V. A Cradled Sunset; The Feathery White Finale.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and earthquake disaster
Commission info: Commissioned by Magellan Trio

The piano part is a copy of the full score.

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